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Joyce Hecht's Maccabiah Story

Competing for 3 different countries and playing in 6 difference games, Joyce Hecht’s Maccabiah experience has earned her a total of 14 medals, a husband, 3 children and two grandchildren. It all started when Hecht joined the table tennis team at her highschool in Bombay. After winning the junior championship she was asked to represent India at the 5th Maccabiah games in 1957. This was the beginning of a long career for Hecht, as she competed in 6 maccabiah games- once for India, twice for Great Britain and three times for Canada. She won a total of 14 medals- one…
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This year’s Prefontaine Classic will bring together eight global championship medallists to compete over 1500m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on 28 May. Five of the women in the field have PBs faster than four minutes, meaning the US all-comers’ record of 3:57.05 – set at this meeting in 2014 – could be under threat. With a best of 3:56.05, Dutch record-holder Sifan Hassan is the fastest in the field. The 23-year-old achieved her first sub-four-minute performance at this meeting in 2014 before going on to win European titles indoors, outdoors and at cross country.

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Women start from blocks and negotiate ten 2ft 9in (83.8cm) hurdles spread over a 100m straight. A reaction time - measured by sensors in the starting pistol and on the blocks - of less than 0.1 is deemed a false start and runners will be recalled, and the responsible athlete disqualified. Once the race is under way there are 13m to the first hurdle, 8.5m between hurdles thereafter, and 10.5m from the final hurdle to the finish. The hurdles are knocked down easily if touched, which allows the athlete to continue the race even if she collides with them. But…